If, for example, when you want to install a ServerPress Localhost server software or any other software on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 machine and the installation operation fails and you get the error message Could not locate the Framework DLLthen this post is meant to help you with the applicable solutions to the problem.
Runtime error: Could not locate the Framework DLL
If you receive the error notice with the message Could not locate the Framework DLL When you are trying to install a piece of software on your Windows 11/10 computer, the fixes we have presented below can be applied in no particular order to resolve the issue on your system.
- Re-download the software installer
- Install the latest version of Visual C++ Redistributable
- Copy the DLL files to the same directory as the application executable
- Make sure the bit value of the application matches the bit value of the Runtime file
- General fix for runtime errors and program installation errors
Let’s look at these fixes in detail.
1]Re-download the software installer
The downloaded software installer may be missing files due to an incomplete download or even the files may be corrupted or worse, loaded with malware. To rule out this possibility, you can download a fresh copy of the installer and make sure you download the installer from the official site of the software vendor/developer or any known and trusted file download site. Also, please scan the file for malware infection once downloaded before running the installer on your Windows 11/10 computer and see if the Could not locate the Framework DLL it fires again. If so, continue with the next solution.
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2]Install the latest version of Visual C++ Redistributable
This solution requires you to install the latest version of Visual C++ Redistributable on your Windows 11/10 computer. Also, make sure Windows is updated to the latest build/version and check for and install any optional updates that seem relevant; for example, an optional graphics driver update will not help resolve the problem, but an optional .NET Framework update might help.
3]Copy the DLL files to the same directory as the application executable
This solution seems to apply to the software developer for the software that is generating the error. As described in this Microsoft documentation, in order for your program to run on all supported versions of Windows, you’ll need to copy all DLL files to the same directory as your application’s executable; Please note that the set of required DLLs is different in different versions of Windows, so you must include all DLLs.
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4]Make sure the bitness of the application matches the bitness of the Runtime files
This simple solution requires you to make sure that the bitness of the application matches the bitness of the Runtime files. For example, if your application is 32-bit, you will need the 32-bit runtime files even if you are running 64-bit Windows.
5]General fix for runtime errors and program installation errors
If at this point nothing has worked for you, then as this error indicates a runtime error which can be caused by various reasons, you can apply the fixes presented in the guide on What are runtime errors? Their causes and how to solve them? and see if that solves your problem. Furthermore, you can also see if any of the suggestions in the Can’t install or uninstall programs in Windows 11/10 post help you resolve the issue as the error occurs when you try to install the software on your PC.
I hope this post helps you!
What is a .dll error?
In general, a DLL error is any error with a DLL file, a type of file that ends in the .DLL file extension. When DLL files (which can be third-party or native to the Windows operating system) become corrupted due to faulty hardware: malfunctioning memory, bad hard drives, application issues, or corrupt registry, it can lead to DLL errors. There are various fixes for missing DLLs errors which also include replacing the DLL file with a downloaded copy of Winbindex.
How do I fix the VC runtime?
To fix the VCRUNTIME140.dll or MSVCP140.dll error, among other possible solutions, you need to install the correct Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package on your computer. There are two libraries you can install: one for 64-bit applications and one for 32-bit applications. Microsoft Visual C++ runtime error could be caused by installing new software and in some cases after installing recent Windows updates. The most likely cause is usually due to missing or corrupted runtime components for the Visual C++ libraries.
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